Jerry Watts Jr

Jerry Watts Jr.

Department Head & Faculty
Bass Performance

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Jerry Watts Jr. is a multi-Grammy® winning bassist, educator, and producer who has served as Bass Department Head at LACM since 2005. Jerry has an extensive list of recording credits, worked with a truly eclectic mix of artists at the highest levels of pop, rock, jazz, groove, and world beat musics, having appeared on hundreds of records, numerous film/TV soundtracks, and in addition has a wealth of international touring experience. Educated at both William Paterson University, New Jersey, and California State University, Northridge, his recording/performance credits include work with: Andy Summers, Andy Timmons, Billy Childs, Dan Rosenboom, Dave Stewart, Dori Caymmi, Dr. John, Flora Purim, Gerald Eaton, Herbie Hancock, John Daversa, Justo Almario, Keiko Matsui, Keith Emerson, L. Subramaniam, Mitchel Forman, Myléne Farmer, Pat Leonard, Peter Cetera, Seay, Sergio Mendes, Simon Phillips, Steve Vai, Russ Miller, Tommy Walker, Toni Childs, Wishful Thinking, and Zane Carney.


Bachelor of Music | California State University, Northridge


Jerry has appeared on 10 GRAMMY® nominated records (with 2 LATIN GRAMMY® nominees), including the 3x GRAMMY® winning John Daversa album AMERICAN DREAMERS: VOICES OF HOPE, MUSIC OF FREEDOM (2019), as well as contributing to the EMMY® Award winning animated series, BATMAN BEYOND.

VISUAL MEDIA credits include:

  • TV – Ali (HBO); After Dark (ABC); Batman Beyond (WB); Fairly Odd Parents; America’s Funniest Videos (ABC); The Game Awards; The Larry Sanders Show (HBO); Vegas (CBS).
  • FILM – Fairly Odd Parents; She’s Funny That Way; Missippippi Masala; License To Drive; Kunta Kinte Island; Salaam Bombay; Dying Young; Hunt For The Unicorn Killer.
  • DVD – Andy Summers (Guitar); Mylène Farmer ( Mylenium Tour & Live A Bercy); Tommy Walker (Live In Africa, Breakthrough, Make It Glorious); Russ Miller (Arrival Live); John Daversa (Kaleidoscope Eyes: The Music Of The Beatles).